MILTON, Ga. — Monday was observed as National K9 Veteran’s Day, a day celebrating military, police and service dogs, with dogs from Milton police, Sandy Springs police, Alpharetta’s K-9 Assistance program and Canton’s GAK9 program demonstrating what they do at The Phoenix at Milton assisted living center.
Students from Carrington Academy preschool and future residents of The Phoenix at Milton were in attendance to get a look at the canines as their trainers described their duties and their training regimen.
Milton officer Joshua Reece introduced the students to Kyro, a German Shephard with the Milton police department. Kyro works with police detecting narcotics.
Alpharetta’s Canine Assistance brought Roxie, a three-month-old black retriever, and explained her role as a service dog. Roxie is being trained to assist those in a wheelchair and is currently training on a variety of tasks. Once her training is complete, she will be able to retrieve items from grocery store shelves and place them on the conveyor belt during checkout, use light switches, retrieve clothes from the washer and place them in to a dryer as well as many other tasks that greatly benefit her recipient.
Sandy Springs police and Canton-based GAK9 also brought their service animals.
Every good service dog deserves a good belly rub, something in abundance after students and residents were allowed to mingle with the dogs.